Little Learners is proud to be locally owned and operated by our resident and director, Kim Jones. The rooms in our modern centre are equipped for children aged from 6 weeks through to 6 years. We have carefully built our centre to be as bright and welcoming as possible, to help you and your child feel at home, while away from the comforts of your own home.
At Little Learners, we understand that every child is unique. We develop collaborative partnerships with children, families, other educators and the wider Dubbo community to help your child form a healthy passion for learning and a strong sense of identity. To help parents with fees, we are a Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) approved centre.
We are dedicated to providing high-quality care and nationally recognised educational programs through the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Framework (NQF). Our passionate and highly-trained educators spend time building unique bonds with each child, their families, other educators and the community to build up an ongoing understanding of their individuality, as well as sense of identity that builds confidence to play and learn. This is because each child with their own distinct ideas, interests, abilities, learning style, growth progression and culture, influences the development of a positive curriculum, which contributes to each child's learning and development outcomes in relation to their identity, connection with community, wellbeing, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators.
Our centre is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday - ideal for parents working or studying full-time. We are closed on public holidays, however make-up days are given in lieu.
At Little Learners you can expect our educators to be:
Prelude: Play is now well recognised for its potential power and influence it has on a child's development. "It is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is free expression of what is in a child's soul" (Fredrick Froebel). Through play children not only learn about themselves, but the world around them.>
However, like a flower relies on sunshine and water to grow, we believe children not only require the freedom and time to play, but a secure network of relationships to bloom and grow. For this reason creating and maintaining unique bonds with children, families, educators and the community holds a special place within our heart and profound influence over everything we do. We continue to fill each unique bond daily, both individually and collaboratively, with lots of love, care, respect, warmth, trust, appreciation and encouragement. By doing so confidence, connectedness, acceptance, self-awareness and relationships can flourish.
We believe that by understanding each person's individual uniqueness, not just as a separate identity, but as part of different groups and communities, allows each of us to grow in confidence to explore and learn. Furthermore, when learning is integrated and interrelated to one another it allows us to have a holistic understanding of the world and provides meaning and motivation behind each new discovery.
We consider all types of environments, including the living and non-living elements of our world to hold a huge influence in shaping who we are, what we do in the here and now, and who we will become. For this reason we place great pride in providing a home like environment that welcomes, reflects and enriches the lives and identities of the families and children of our centre, encourages acceptance of our culturally-diverse community and promotes an appreciation and care for natural and constructed environments.
While our philosophy is the foundation of everything we do, the following goals describe what we need to do in order to support our philosophy in everyday practice.
Our programs are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), National Quality Framework (NQF) and each child's individual developmental needs, interests, experiences and identities. A secure network of relationships with children, families, educators and the community is the key to understanding each child's uniqueness. This way, our skilled and knowledgeable educators can work with children individually to help them learn and grow in a nurturing and secure environment.
We present a wide range of experiences that form a positive curriculum which contributes to each child's learning and development outcomes in relation to their identity, connection with community, wellbeing, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators. Each child's unique individuality and abilities will allow for them to meet the outcomes in diverse ways.
Our rooms are dedicated to individual age groups including:
Children in the 3-4yrs and 4-5yrs age groups are taught by trained early childhood and primary educators.
"Children's connectedness and different ways of belonging with people, country and communities helps them to learn ways of being which reflects the values, traditions and practices of their families and communities. Over time this learning transforms the ways they interact with others". (EYLF p.25)
We liaise with services and resources in the community to enrich our program and communicate with specialists to assist in planning an effective and equitable environment that ensures all children have the opportunity to experience a sense of personal significance and achieve learning outcomes.
Our service acknowledges the value of relevant excursions and incursions in allowing children to gain a greater insight of the society in which they live, and learn from these experiences. Our service will actively seek to minimise any risks associated with excursions, and respond promptly and appropriately to any emergency whilst on an excursion. Educators will educate children and families regarding safe road (or other transport) and play practices.
We promote community activities within Dubbo, and the surrounding regions, through flyers and pamphlets and collate copies of these and paper clippings of children, their families and educators within the community into our connections with the community scrapbook. This is available to browse through in our foyer.
We develop a sense of community within the centre through group-play experiences and projects, a sense of belonging and comfort, participation in reciproc al relationships between different rooms of the centre, group discussions and shared decision-making. We also encourage events and experiences shared with families and the community, and help children to make connections between their experiences and knowledge developed in context of their community, as well as family experiences to that of the context of the centre.
480 Wheelers Lane, Dubbo, NSW 2830